Cowboys Poke Fun at Eagles With "Beat Dallas" T-Shirt Twist

 

Let's go to the 1989 roots of this rivalry between the Cowboys and Eagles. 

In what's referred to as "The Bounty Bowls," due to Cowboy's head coach Jimmy Johnson claiming the Eagles set bounties on Dallas players, specifically quarterback Troy Aikman and kicker Luis Zendejas, the Eagles and Cowboys played 2 games.

In the second game at Veterans Stadium, Eagles fans began throwing snowballs, ice, and beer on to the field. Cowboys' Al Jury, punter Mike Saxon, and coach Johnson were struck with snowballs, needing to be escorted off the field by police. The Eagles won both "Bounty Bowls."

1990 saw the "Porkchop Bowl." 

The story goes that the week before game day in Dallas, Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan and offensive co-ordinator Ted Plumb were grabbing dinner. Ryan ordered a juicy pork-chop, which might not have been juicy enough, since he started choking. Plumb leapt into action performing the Heimlich maneuver, helping his friend cough up the obstruction, saving his life. 

The act of heroism did not go unnoticed by the Cowboys' head office. President Tex Schramm renamed the upcoming game the "Porkchop Bowl."

When the "Porkchop Bowl" kicked off, the protein started flying. Cowboys' fans bombarded the field with deli meats and pork chops targeting the Eagles bench. 

In 2021, the rivalry has come to a simmer, but rookie Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni turned up the heat wearing a "Beat Dallas" t-shirt to a press conference. 

"I really love the fact that I am able to partake in this rivalry, and it means a lot to the city, to our team; it means a lot to this building," Sirianni said a week before the game. 

Unfortunately the t-shirts didn't bring the Eagles any luck and they come up short against the Cowboys falling 41-21. 

As a team the Cowboys responded to the t-shirt on the field, but their social media department had other plans posting this tweet: 

The rivalry has gone digital for now. Let's see what happens when the Cowboys and Eagles meet again in Philly on January 9th. 

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